Spiritual Writings & Leopards

Ramadan’s Lesson Number One: 

We never know what we are looking at, until we look deeper.

And we can only look deeper when we will and are welcomed to look deeper.

The door is opened, might be slightly opened, or even when it is locked and closed, it still is a view to look into and understand what it really is we are looking at.

First impressions never last, and they can mean something but are never accurate. We miss, most of the time.

But then, we get closer and closer to the true meaning of the picture we are looking into.

It can appear so dark, but once inside, it is so light and peaceful, and it can appear so light and once inside it is the darkest place on earth.

Nonetheless, we can never know just by looking at the cover.

The cover is a form. And our eyes can only have better first impression judgments when one’s vision is pure, and clean.

Other than that, our vision is blurred, mischievous, and malicious.

It is not a vision to count on, until it has been washed out from all vanity and desires. It must be like water, crystal clear.

Stereotypes are conducts of blurred vision. It is a cover that has been poorly interpreted over and over again. Most people tend to be followers, and so they follow the false meaning of the appearance.

Versus in the Quran are all forms, they can be easily misunderstood and misinterpreted over and over again, they can give you a clue to what they might mean, but they are rarely understood within full meaning. The meaning of each verse has a deep story within, and only those who attain high spiritual connection can find it is easy to find true meaning behind each verse.

Life is also a form. It is a misinterpretation. Most things are poorly visible. Most things are apparent more than true wisdom, like flares, they can be easily put off or put aside. Most things in life are easily misunderstood. Because to meaning, it is more than what we just look at, meanings are mostly always hiding inside and behind, only those who are well experienced, and well explored, those who truly understand that behind each one of us, there is something a little something more than what we just put on and walk around with.

So listen more than look, for appearances are only appearances, what truly matters is what lies within.

A little bit on Faith… معنى المؤمن من اسامي الله الحسنى

Faith: To have faith means to be certain. And to have faith, is to be protected and feel at ease when you feel fear. And you gain Faith when you are a believer seeking for it. And Faith comes from the Divine, since believing is knowing the existence of something more powerful than our being. Faith is to feel protected even when threatened, it is to feel tranquil in your heart in whatever situation you are in. And feeling both fear and Faith are both feelings of instincts that are a source of connection with the Divine. It is a feeling for a reason, a reason to differentiate situations. “From the 99 names of God in Islam”

المؤمن: الإيمان فى اللغة هو التصديق ، ويقال آمنه من الأمان ضد الخوف ، والله يعطى الأمان لمن استجار به واستعان ، الله المؤمن الذى وحد نفسه بقوله ( شهد الله أنه لا اله إلا هو ) ، وهو الذى يؤمن أولياءه من عذابه ، ويؤمن عباده من ظلمه ، هو خالق الطمأنينة فى القلوب ، أن الله خالق أسباب الخوف وأسباب الأمان جميعا وكونه تعالى مخوفا لا يمنع كونه مؤمنا ، كما أن كونه مذلا لا يمنع كونه معزا ، فكذلك هو المؤمن المخوف ، إن إسم ( المؤمن ) قد جاء منسوبا الى الله تبارك وتعالى فى القرآن مرة واحدة فى سورة الحشر فى قوله تعالى ( هو الله الذى لا اله إلا هو الملك القدوس السلام المؤمن المهيمن العزيز الجبار المتكبر سبحان الله عما يشركون ) سورة الحش

An old house occupied by Israeli in Yafa Yafo Jaffa

A message of Love; from what have inspired me the past week.

I was inspired to read a couple of beautiful statuses from Friends and Pages of people I follow on facebook. Words of love from people welcoming the Holly month of Ramadan, words of Love to remind us that Ramadan is not only about fasting from food, but also fasting from the self. It is about Forgiveness and about Love. It is about asking those you have been mistaken with in your life to forgive you, and being Thankful and grateful to those and for those who have been the light of love in your life.

So I am taking this chance, to thank my friends and thank the people who are worth following and reading their posts. Thank you for inspiring me to write this post, for reminding me to feel the need to ask for forgiveness and to send my gratitude, and for being contagious in wanting to share this post on my blog and my facebook wall.

To those, I have been mistaken with, or I have hurt, even if for very little, I am sorry. I might have done it on purpose and I might have no idea that I did hurt you at all. Either way I hope you can forgive me. Forgive me, if I have been wrong, or if I have caused any ache in your heart or life.

To those who have shown me the smallest sparks of love and to those who shower me with love, Thank you. I will InshAlla include you in my every day prayer during the month of Ramadan, and I will send my gratitude to God for bringing you to my life. I am grateful for the love you have given me. I am grateful to meet you, to know you and to receive love from you. I pray that I am also a ray of love in your life.

This is a message of love before the first day of the Holly month of Ramadan. It is a message I wish to share to express that this upcoming month, is a beautiful month, because it is an opportunity for all of us to reflect, to learn and to remember, that no matter how many times we trip, we get a new chance to try again. This is my chance to want to start a new page, a white page, where all I draw in the lives of those I stumble upon, hearts of love.

With love, have a wonderful month of Ramadan, wherever you are.

Al Zeeb, الزيب‎



To all the Freekeh lovers out there, here is an ancient Middle-Eastern Freekeh Recipe for you to try to indulge with. 

Freekeh a Middle Eatern dish styled to perfection

Click here for the full recipe.

It is incredible how this world works, trend is in everything. One day it is all about Quinoa the next day it is all about Freekeh. But if you are Middle-Eastern (Palestinian, Jordanian, Syrian, Egyptian, Lebanese), Freekeh has been always around. In this blog post, I will be sharing some information about Freekeh, its benefits followed by an ancient Middle-Eastern recipe that I am sure most of you will drool over.

Click on the picture for the full recipe. Sahtein


via Freekeh.



My second recipe for this Holly month of Ramadan is Hummus.

I blogged about it’s origin, benefits, essentials, how to be creative with it and most importantly; how to make it.

I believe Hummus is a signature to all Arab households, how you make it, what garnish you use, and how you present it, defines you. For the love of Hummus check out my blog post and leave your comment.

Have a blessed Iftar. Click on the photo below to be redirected to the recipe site.

How to make Hummus recipe, chickpeas, origins of hummus, signature

Click here for the full recipe.

Bon Appétit

via Hummus.

Mansaf – Traditional Jordanian Dish

Mansaf – Traditional Jordanian Dish.

Ramdan – Day 1 – Mansaf

Food Art & Styling traditional Jordanian dish Jameed Mansaf

Grateful I am for having a wonderful Mother, and chef, I decided to put together a Food Photography Project during the Holy month of Ramadan where I will transform her cooking art to work of art blog posts to share with the world some of her secret recipes, the art of Arabian cooking and what good food does to our soul.

SUZIE|S KITCHEN first recipe is Mansaf – The famous Traditional Jordanian Dish. Please have a look, try the recipe out and leave me your comments. 🙂

Food art & Styling for a Jordanian dish Mansaf made of Sheep meat rice Jameed and Shrak bread

Click here for the recipe.

via Mansaf – Traditional Jordanian Dish.